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Klickitat Continues Work On Water, Sewage Issues

The unincorporated community discusses water, sewage and fire hydrant needs.

The Klickitat Community Council continues to resolve water system, sewage treatment, and fire hydrant needs, according to one of the leaders of the council.

Marie Davis, vice chair of the Community Council, said the unincorporated community's 13-member council met last week to discuss the issues. Davis said the council was looking into obtaining financial assistance from the fire district to help improve the community's water system and add needed fire hydrants.

The council recently held a meeting with Brian Skeahan, general manager of the Klickitat Public Utility District, to discuss Klickitat's water and improvements to its sewage treatment system. Also, the community wants to add two fire hydrants near the former Champion mill site.

Skeahan said the PUD was working to rectify all these issues with the community of Klickitat.

Concerns regarding the sewage treatment plant have resulted in legal action by the Bingen-based Columbia River Keepers environmental group. The group has threatened to sue the PUD if it did not meet sewage treatment plant permit requirements.

Skeahan said the new permit states that the PUD must treat the plant's water every day. Skeahan said the PUD took that to mean every business day -- not weekends.

"We have an agreement with the DOE to fix the Lyle, Wishram, and Klickitat plants," said Skeahan.

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